The Cloud is only as safe and secure as it’s weakest point and unfortunately the weakest point is usually either the end user or the device that is connecting to the cloud.
The vendor let’s use Microsoft, in this case, can put the best protection in place in the world employ man guards to protect the data centre, cover it with CCTV but if you’re going to use a device without adequate system protection then it’s your own look out. For example if you open a virus and encrypt all of your data the cloud will only mirror this activity as it wouldn’t see it as a threat so you need to run your own backups.
I have seen customers using the likes of Dropbox and use it as a file store. Sometimes they not touch the historic data for months and then wonder why they can’t recover it in a disaster recovery scenario. This is usually because the data ends up getting corrupt and there is nothing to restore because the cloud has one mirrored version – the same as the PC based copy and it ends up with the same corruption.
This is why when we sell Microsoft Office 365 we always recommend that you backup with a third party knowing you could always reverse back if needed.
So the moral of the story is the cloud is safe but you must look after the devices you interact with to get max performance and less chance of messing up your cloud.
So the question actually is, the cloud might be safe but are you?
For further advice please call the office on 0121 272 2030 and I will have a chat with you further.